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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 6990

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1152 Stream Processors, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6990, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 830 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1250 MHz on this particular model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon HD 6990 24 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Difference: 5 (26%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Radeon HD 6990 5820 points
Difference: 6365 (109%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon HD 6990 375 Watts
Difference: 255 Watts (213%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon HD 6990 should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 320000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 123392 (63%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 6990 will be a lot (approximately 47%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 6990 159360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 50928 (47%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be much (more or less 36%) better at FSAA than the Radeon HD 6990, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6990 53120 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 19168 (36%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Radeon HD 6990

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Radeon HD 6990
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 March 2011
Code Name GP106-300 Antilles
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1506 MHz 830 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 375 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 320000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 159360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 53120 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 72 96 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 4400 million 2640 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.1 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Radeon HD 6990

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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